A priest who admitted sexually abusing a 12-year-old altar boy fled to Mexico after his bishop failed to immediately report the confession to authorities, a law enforcement official said.I'm not surprised at the delay and not just because this involves Catholic priests. Like in the Duke rape case, those closest to the accused don't want to accept that those they care about or feel they know well, could be guilty of a sex crime.
The Rev. Xavier Ochoa was suspended April 28 after admitting to the abuse to the Roman Catholic bishop of Santa Rosa. Bishop Daniel Walsh didn't notify law enforcement until three days later, giving Ochoa time to flee, according to church and law enforcement officials.
Even when that person confesses.
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